• Stress Free Camping Trip - What To Pack

    Aug 14, 2018

    Ah, summer! Time to throw the tent in the car, pack up a cooler, and hit the trail. Summer is the perfect time for camping, and with the season in full swing, it’s time to make your list. But from bedrolls to mosquito spray, what to take often spins out of control, or gets missed completely. To help you pack for a stress free camping trip, Timbercreek brings you this list of essentials to help make your summer trip easy breezy.

    Camping Packing

    Water

    Most important for any wilderness trip of any kind is your water source. Get a good ceramic filter, or purification tablets, and pre-fill a quality plastic or metal water bottle for each member of the trip. Learn more.

    Tent

    A good tent can make the difference between a sad and soggy trip, or a fabulous, dry, idyllic experience. Tent rentals are available, but whether you buy, rent, or borrow, don’t skimp on this essential. Check out more.

    Sleeping Bags and Pads

    A close second to tents in importance is sleeping bags. Pick something that works for 3 seasons -- that’ll allow for autumn type night temperatures that can readily occur in the bush, even in summer. Similarly, a sleeping pad can mean the difference between having a root in your back all night, and a sweet, dreamy night’s sleep. Read more.

    Knife, utensils, dishware

    From food to rope, to digging to firewood, a good knife makes a big difference on a camping trip. Also make sure you have a cooking stove and fuel, a plastic “spork” (spoon + fork) and a plate for eating, as well as a mug for coffee, tea, and water. Learn more.

    Camp Food

    Camp food has to be thought of in terms of weight, cooking time, and difficulty of cooking. Another major factor to consider is each item’s ability to last without refrigeration. Cheeses, pita bread, oats/grains, refried beans and canned goods, crackers and nuts are all good options. Learn more.

    Weather-appropriate Clothing

    For men and women alike, clothes for camping share similar requirements. Pack and think in layers. Don’t bring too much cotton as cotton soaks up sweat, gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Aim for one pair of multipurpose pants, a few poly blend t-shirts, a long sleeve, a light sweater, a water-resistant jacket, a bathing suit, 2-3 undies, at least one pair of good socks, sturdy shoes, and potentially a toque. Check it out.

    Hygiene and Medical Essentials

    Take travel size hygiene essentials, and don’t go anywhere without a first aid kit. They’re not super expensive and can be very helpful. Always be aware of bears and other animals if camping in their habitat. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pack perfectly for a stress free summer camping trip! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Summer Bucket List for Couples

    Aug 08, 2018

    Summer Bucket List for Couple Outings

    Summer is the perfect season for romance. With the sun and heat in full force, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the season with your loved one. It’s also ideal for ticking off a few of your shared bucket list items. From road trips to drive-ins, there’s something for everyone. To inspire you to enjoy summer to the fullest, Timbercreek brings you this list of fun summer outing ideas for couples.

    All Day City Roam

    Pick a Saturday or Sunday and grab your better half for a whimsical walk around your city (or another one for that matter). Fly by the seat of your pants, or make a loose plan based on meals and drinks at various stops along the way.

    Couples Mani Pedi

    Don’t laugh, guys. This is an absolute underdog when it comes to awesome activities. Sit in a massage chair with your sweetheart, sip a glass of wine, and get pampered for under 40 bucks. Learn more.

    Spontaneous Road Trip

    Hop in the car, or get on the train and go somewhere. Be spontaneous. Pick a place on the map close-ish to you, or just drive and see where the wind takes you.

    Go to the Drive In

    While drive-ins are becoming more scarce, they do still exist. And they rock. Go old school, get a milkshake, take your own popcorn and an adult beverage, then kick back, and enjoy. Learn more.

    Go Camping

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    There’s a camping style for everyone -- from hippie to princess. Rent an RV, hop in the car, or go primal with a canoe and a survival knife. Either way, you get to experience the glory of nature with the one you love. Learn more.

    Winery/Brewery Tour

    A tour of local (or non local) wineries and breweries can make for a fantastic day or weekend getaway. In Ontario’s Niagara region, there’s a wealth of options that can keep a couple busy for weekends on end. Learn more.

    Learn to Dance

    Often times the Tango is the single dance blogs and magazines alike regard as most romantic for couples. But everything from foxtrot to breakdancing can be super fun as a couple’s activity. Learn more.

    Couples Outdoor Yoga

    Yoga is an undeniably restorative, empowering, and invigorating art. It’s also one that’s fun to do together, especially outside. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of couple's activities gives you some ideas for your bucket list. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Family-Friendly Long Weekend Fun

    Aug 01, 2018

    Civic holiday, commonly known as the August long weekend, is approaching fast. And that means it’s time to start exploring family friendly ideas for weekend fun. As the biggest peak summer weekend in Canada, there’s lots to do but also lots of people doing it! With a little research and planning, it’s easy to find ideas for the long weekend that will please the whole family. To help you get a jump on August long weekend planning, Timbercreek brings you this list of great options for family friendly fun.

    Civic Holiday Fun

    Baseball Game

    If you live in Toronto, there’s no better way to capitalize on summer than by checking out a Jays game. Always putting on an entertaining show, check out more.

    Go to the Beach

    From coast to coast, even in the heart of the prairies, we’re lucky to have at least a semblance of beach lifestyle. Even on a lake, sandy and even stoney beaches can bring you out of city doldrums and into the magic of summer holidays. Find out more.

    Check out a Food Festival

    With the rise of food trucks and travelling food festivals, summer has another great option for weekend fun. From ribfests to farmer’s markets and ice cream carnivals, a food festival can be a fun outdoor event suitable for the whole family. Learn more.

    Go Camping

    There may be no more iconic an activity in Canada than camping -- especially on the August long weekend. Toss your tent in the car, throw some food in a cooler, and hit the road. Keep in mind that likely half of our 36.2 million population are also out camping, so best to book a site beforehand! Learn more.

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    The Zoo

    What’s better for family fun than the zoo or an aquarium? Perfect for a whole day of exploration (and even education), zoos and aquariums are super entertaining, and not just for kids. Add some food, drinks, and live music (i.e. Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto) and you’ve got a great long weekend activity. Learn more.

    Staycation

    Go against the crowd with this one and hunker down for a quiet (or rowdy!) staycation. A great way to beat the crowds and the heat is to plan out some chill time at home. Line up a monster movie playlist, get some grillables, set up the croquet, and go to town. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list give you some ideas for family friendly fun this August long weekend. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 10 Pet-Friendly Canadian Resorts and Lodges For Summer Vacationing

    Jul 18, 2018

    Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

    From ocean views, to gorgeous lakefront and more, there’s no shortage of pet friendly Canadian resorts for summer vacationing this year. To give you some ideas, here are a list of fantastic spots to get your summer on.

    The Briars

    Set on idyllic Lake Simcoe, just outside Toronto, The Briars is a resort, spa, and conference center with spectacular rooms, lodges, and cottages that are all pet friendly. Learn more.

    The Fox Hotel Banff

    Located in the heart of Banff, The Fox Hotel & Suites is a pet friendly hotel offering spacious rooms and suites with numerous amenities, as well as continental breakfast, wifi, a hot pool, and fitness room. Learn more.

    Wolseley Lodge

    The rustic Wolseley Lodge at the French River is just three hours north of Toronto. It offers sixteen cabins, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, all but two of which are pet friendly. Read more.

    Summerland Waterfront Resort

    Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is set on a secluded stretch of Lake Okanagan, between Penticton and Kelowna. The lakefront resort hotel features 115 pet-friendly condo-style suites with full kitchen, fireplace, and balcony. Learn more.

    Brennan Harbour Resort

    A fishing resort near Killarney Ontario, Brennan Harbour Resort offers a variety of well-appointed pet-friendly cabins and lodges, with a gorgeous view of Georgian bay. Read more.

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort

    Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, in picturesque Northern Ontario, offers ten comfortable, well equipped waterfront cottages. Relax in their wood-fired sauna, or listen to the loons while watching the sunset. Check it out.

    Whitefish Bay Camp

    Located on Lake of the Woods, Whitefish Bay Camp is nestled on a private island in the middle of crystal-clear Whitefish Bay. The resort offers unparalleled fishing experiences, breathtaking scenery, and total relaxation. Learn more.

    Killarney Lodge in Algonquin

    On the peninsula surrounded by Lake of Two Rivers in the heart of Algonquin Park, Killarney Lodge offers comfortable, private waterside log and pine cabins decorated in a charming Canadian country style. Learn more.

    April Point Resort and Spa

    April Point Resort & Spa is located in a pocket of pristine British Columbia. This vacation resort with whale watching, spa, grizzly bear tour, and fishing, is set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Learn more.

    Westwind Inn on the Lake

    Westwind Inn is an all inclusive vacation resort nestled in the Kawartha Lakes District near Peterborough, Ontario featuring tastefully decorated rooms, casual country dining, manicured lawns, and picturesque lakefront. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pick the perfect pet-friendly resort for summer vacationing this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Outdoor Adventure List

    Sep 19, 2017

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    Whether it’s camping, watersports, hiking, or an intercontinental trip, outdoor adventure is good for body and soul. Adventure is about taking risks, trying new things, and diving in with both feet. Whether it’s across the globe or in your own backyard, adventure awaits. To help you discover your inner explorer, Timbercreek brings you our outdoor adventure list.

    Camping

    Camping is key. From hikes to multi-day backcountry canoe trips, camping brings you back to nature, even if it’s in a car or an RV. Fresh air, sun and wind, water and woods. They cleanse the soul and ground the spirit. And it’s the kind of thing you don’t have to venture too far for. Even city folk can drive an hour or two, set up a tent, and bask in the rejuvenating energy of nature.

    Rock Climbing

    While this point involves considerable skill and also risk of death, it’s a great way to get outside and get your adrenaline pumping. Rock climbing is a sport that involves strength, technique, planning, and courage. It makes you face your fears, try new things, test your skills, and take chances. Best of all, it’s increasingly becoming available in unexpected like indoor climbing gyms.

    Watersports

    Adventure doesn’t have to imply distance. It’s as much a mental state as a physical activity. Doing something you don’t often do, or that can be done close by or in another medium (i.e. water), can instill a sense of exploration even in the middle of the city. Windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, kitesurfing, dragon boating, or paddle boarding: they all remove you from your normal environment and call on different skill sets. They also demand an immediate connection with nature - in these cases - with wind, water, sun, and sky.

    Road Trip

    From RVing to car camping and cross country marathons, road trips are what adventure is made of. Route 66, the Trans Canada, the Dempster highway -- roads are a symbol of freedom, the unknown, exploration, and travel. And cycling definitely counts as well. Multi-day cycling adventures can be just as exciting and promote a more direct and hands-on experience of a particular area.

    Pilgrimage

    A more extensive outdoor adventure, a pilgrimage in the style of Mecca, the Camino de Santiago, or visiting Stonehenge, is an adventure with purpose. With spiritual meaning and physical, outdoor components, an adventure of this sort combines the visceral aspect of moving through a new environment, with the mental component of experiencing new and unseen vistas.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you a few ideas for your own outdoor adventure this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Minimalist Packing Tips For Camping

    Aug 01, 2017

    Whether you plan to paddle or hike, camping is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of earth, water, sun, and forrest. 2017 is a great time to camp because Canadian National Parks are free in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday. While most people choose to camp in the golden months of summer, it’s just as enjoyable in the spring, fall, and even winter with the right gear. If you want to plan an epic camping adventure, but want to keep your gear to a minimum, this post is for you. From stoves to coolers, tents to layers, the variety of conditions and constant threat of dampness makes packing a tricky prospect regardless of the season. To help you get started, Timbercreek has compiled these minimalist packing tips.

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    Get Current Gear

    It’s sometimes surprising to realize the extent to which technology is applied to camping. Materials, weights, tensile strengths and sizes: it’s all tech influenced, and can seriously aid the packing process. Buying modern gear can be pricey but guarantees a lighter load and maximum functionality.

    Layers

    Packing layers of the right clothing items can reduce your clothing needs. Moisture wicking, lightweight materials pack warmth and functionality into a small package. Leave jeans and cotton shirts at home. Wool is bulky but keeps you warm even when wet. A thin toque will keep your head warm at night. Goretex coats are thin, water resistant, and maintain warmth.

    Stuff Sacks & Compression bags

    Compression bags and stuff sacks literally force things to be smaller. An otherwise bulky sleeping bag, and even tents, can be reduced in size by half or more when crushed in a compression bag.  

    Inflatables

    From thermarests to pillows, inflation is a must. Occupying almost zero space when they aren’t pumped full of air, inflatables are ideal for camping. You can find inflatable sleeping mats (and even full mattresses), pillows, chairs and/or cushions, swimming toys, and life preservers with ease - all of which lighten weight and provide creature comforts.

    Wineskins And Small Plastic Containers

    From water to wine, packing liquids is an age-old camping requirement and packing concern. Modern aluminum and lightweight steel water bottles are fairly common, and keep the weight to size ratio down. Putting bug spray, suntan lotion, liquid medicines, toothpaste, cooking oil, soap, and shampoo into flat plastic or even standard but smaller bottle containers also helps. But more importantly, when it comes to drinks, using modern plastic wineskins instead of bottles reduces size and weight by more than half. This allows for more refreshment in less space -- always a plus on long trips in the woods.

    Timbercreek hopes this article helps you minimize your packing for camping trips. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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